How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your content can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, like being able to easily create tables.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no coding skills required, the tutorial below will show you how to easily do this using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

A powerful and time-saving plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress simple and easy is TablePress.

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your table data. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can include the tables into your pages and blog posts using shortcodes and display these using text widgets.

You can also import and export tables from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

The plugin was created by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress with TablePress, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your own Dashboard …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In Your Content With No Coding Skills Required

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you will see a new menu item added to your main menu called TablePress

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Click on TablePress and choose Plugin Options from the list of submenus …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

The “Plugin Options” area controls your plugin styling and display settings …

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can specify the position of the TablePress menu entry in your WP admin menu.

By default, the menu item appears around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option closer to the top of your admin menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

The TablePress menu entry now appears closer to the top section of your admin menu …

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You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” tab, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify these settings, then just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your posts. The tables will then display or update when saving your page.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the information inside your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Enter the name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for your new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Once the new table is created, it will appear in the “All Tables” list and be assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Once you have created a new table, adding content to it is very easy.

In the “Table Content” section, just click inside the cell and type or paste the content you want to display. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert links, etc …)

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts  Without Coding Skills

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

You can also modify your table after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform a number of table manipulations, like inserting images or links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected columns and rows, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Touching Code

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables that will allow your visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your pages (and let users specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

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A preview window will open displaying your table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to update your table data …

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts Without Touching Code

Once you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by clicking on TablePress > All Tables

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

All the tables you have created are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You insert tables inside any posts and pages using a shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below your table title to get the shortcode …

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want the table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working in the “Text” area of the WordPress editor …

How To Create And Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of your existing tables.

Select the table you want to embed into your content and click Insert Shortcode

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Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Publish your post or page to display your table and table contents …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new items, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your table file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export an existing table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you want to export (you can select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the file to your hard drive …

Creating And Inserting Tables  In WordPress

After changing and resaving your file, you can then easily re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to the sidebar menu and choose TablePress > Import a Table

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

To import a table, select and enter the source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from ZIP files and select whether to import a table as a new table or write over an existing table.

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts Easily With No Programming Skills Required

To learn more about TablePress, including where to access documentation about additional features, get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and embed tables into your site content.

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